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Fatal Tesla Crash in March Is Latest to Involve Autopilot

  • NTSB releases preliminary report on collision with semi-truck
  • Driver had engaged Model 3 assistance system 10 seconds prior
The Tesla Inc. Model 3
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg
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A Tesla Inc. Model 3 involved in a March 1 fatal crash in Florida was being driven by the vehicle’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system and the driver’s hands weren’t on the steering wheel, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

The driver was killed when the car slammed into the side of a semi-truck that was crossing a highway in Delray Beach, the NTSB said in a preliminary report released Thursday. The driver apparently wasn’t steering in the eight seconds before the collision, according to NTSB.